Introduction to OpenStack



The OpenStack project was launched last summer during OSCON by Rackspace, NASA, and a number of other cloud technology leaders in an effort to build a fully-open cloud computing platform. It is a collection of scalable, secure, standards-based projects consisting of compute, storage, images, and more. This session will introduce the projects, the principles behind it, and how to get started.


This session will introduce OpenStack and the different components that currently make up the project. There will be some focus on the compute and storage projects, describing how they work today and future development plans. There will also be some discussion on how it compares to other cloud platforms, how the open source community is structured around it, and what folks can do to get involved to help build a better cloud computing platform.

Speaking experience


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    Eric Day

    Rackspace Cloud


    Eric Day currently works on the Drizzle and Gearman projects, and has been writing high-performance, multi-threaded servers and databases for most of his career. Most of his work has been done in clustered and distributed environments, always with an emphasis on efficiency and security. Eric keeps active in the open source community through speaking at conferences and user groups, as well as helping organize camps and conferences in Portland, OR. When not hacking on code, he can be found playing hockey, biking, or enjoying a good vegan meal.


      • Title: Qs on Queues
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B202/03
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Not sure what queuing system to use for your next project? How about the differences between broker vs direct queue services? What is a good fit for cloud vs your own data center? This session gathers information from open source queuing projects to help answer these questions and more. Queues are part of almost every scalable website and application, it’s time to find the best fit for yours.

      • Speakers: Eric Day
      • Title: The Open Cloud
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Why be locked into a cloud vendor?

        Shouldn’t Cloud be Open Cloud and powered by Open Source software?

        Open Stack is a collection of open source technologies to deliver a cloud operating system. Learn about Open Stack and how to use it to deliver your own Open Source powered clouds.

      • Speakers: James Turnbull, Eric Day